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occupants. Provide glass door and window treatments for occupant privacy. Window
screens should be provided for operable windows in habitable rooms and spaces.
Windows above ground floor should have screens capable of withstanding a minimum
force of 60 pounds (27 kg) as a concentrated load applied to the middle of the screen.
Screens must be removable for window cleaning and emergency egress purposes
without the use of any special tools. Removable window guards or child safety locks
may be provided in lieu of reinforced window screens.
Use of "Advanced Framing Techniques - Optimum Value Engineering (OVE)" framing is
Provide insulated exterior doors for increased energy performance. Provide dead-bolt
locks on all hinged entry doors. Provide impact-resistant side light at entry door, or a
wide-angle viewer. Door energy performance should comply with Energy Star
Design main entries to provide a sense of identity for each individual unit. Visual impact
from the street is extremely important. Avoid a common entry to several units. Each
unit should have an appropriate number or letter designation. Provide each front
entrance with a door chime or door knocker. Provide a slip-resistant finish for porch
surfaces. Protect entry door with a minimum 0.6 m (2 ft) overhang, or covered porch.
Provide interior and exterior lighting at each main entrance.
Garages or Carports.
For new construction, a minimum of one-car garage should be provided for each unit.
For renovation projects, garages or carports should be provided as the site allows.
Enclosed bulk storage may be included in the garage or carport. Garages should be
attached to housing unit they serve. If garages cannot be attached, locate them as
close as possible to kitchen and service area of house. Design garages to compliment
architectural features, materials, and roof slopes of house. Provide light switches and
duplex convenience outlets in each garage. Garage floor surface must be a minimum
of 10.2 cm (4 in) lower than finished floor of attached housing unit; slope floor to drain
liquids away from unit walls. Design and construct any attached garages to prevent
Provide an outside service door opening to exterior storage areas, wide enough to
accommodate lawn mowers and typical lawn tools, except when storage is provided in